Three evidence based models were selected by eligible communities based on local needs, gaps in services, and capacity. Twenty-nine high-need areas were identified in the Florida MIECHV Needs Assessment by the Florida Departments of Health and Children & Families. Twenty-one Florida communities are currently MIECHV implementation sites (map). These sites are implementing one of the following models:
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides education and support to first-time mothers in low-income communities using specially-trained nurse home visitors. Families receive services starting in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. NFP is designed to improve (1) prenatal health and outcomes, (2) child health and development, and (3) families’ economic self-sufficiency and/or maternal life course development.
Healthy Families Florida (HFF), nationally accredited by Healthy Families America, prevents child abuse and neglect by promoting healthy childhood growth and development, cultivating and strengthening positive parent-child relationships and improving family stability and self-sufficiency. Highly trained home visitors provide education and support to overburdened families at risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. Services begin prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth and can last up to five years depending on the unique needs of the family.
The goal of Parents as Teachers (PAT) is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools. FL MIECHV-funded PAT programs are implemented consistent with state-adopted policies.
For more information about the MIECHV approved-evidence-based models: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/models.html.